Ben Smith is a two time Emmy award winning weekday meteorologist on WHNT News 19 This Morning. He brings 17 years of television experience to the table.

Ben is a certified broadcast meteorologist originally from Fredericksburg, Virginia. He says he’s always been interested in weather from grade school, tracking snowstorms up the east coast and doing weather on the morning announcements in high school. After graduating high school, he attended East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina where in 1996 he received a bachelor’s degree in Communications and a minor in Geography.

Ben landed his first on-air job right out of college at WNCT-TV in Greenville, NC where he did weather for five years. While working at WNCT, he went back to school and received a certificate in broadcast meteorology from Mississippi State University. Ben has also worked in Chattanooga and Birmingham, where he worked at WIAT-42 from 2001-2003. Ben was the Chief Meteorologist at WSAV in Savannah, Georgia for four years. From there, he worked for WFTV in Orlando, Florida.

Ben has been involved in the direct landfalls of several hurricanes including Bertha, Bonnie, Dennis, Fran and Floyd in 1999. Along with the WNCT staff, he was honored to be awarded the prestigious National Edward R. Murrow Award for continuous coverage of Hurricane Floyd.

Ben holds seals from the American Meteorological Society and the National Weather Association and also has the Certified Broadcast Meteorologist (CBM) seal of approval as well. He also serves on the National Weather Association seal evaluation committee.

In his spare time, Ben watches sports (the N.Y. Jets & Virginia Cavaliers). He also enjoys working out, going to church, and the beach.


Recent Articles
  • Drought Numbers: Big Improvement from 2016

    We had a rough 2016 with an “exceptional”  drought across the Tennessee Valley. Technically we started the year okay, but around April and May, the wheels came off.   Just over two inches in April and less than that in May wasn’t good enough. That’s where things went downhill. Normally we see over nine inches for that time and we only saw a shade under four. We had a slow recovery in June and July,  but then it was too late. […]

  • Drier Air & Sunshine Not Far Off!

    Huntsville, Ala. – I think there are several people in the Tennessee Valley that are tired of the gloomy, wet weather. Fear not, because sunshine and drier air arrive this week. One more day of rain and then high pressure takes over our forecast the rest of this week. This is near perfect for the June as we could easily be in the middle 90s with heat index values in the triple digit category. Look at all of the drier […]

  • Hurricane Season Begins Today

    Huntsville, ALA -June 1 marks the start of hurricane season in the Atlantic basin. Here is a look at the 2017 names list. We had Arlene in April so we’ll resume with Bret.   Right now there are no active storms in the Atlantic basin. There are unorganized showers well to our south. No tropical storm formation is expected. Where do we need to look for June and July? The Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea are hot spots […]

  • WATCH LIVE: Strong Storms in the Tennessee Valley with possible damaging winds

    ​ Widespread strong to severe storms moving into the Tennessee Valley tonight bring high winds even in areas without a formal ‘warning.’  Wind gusts may exceed 50 miles per hour over a large area through 3 AM.  Watch for falling trees, branches, and other debris. A severe thunderstorm watch has been issued for the Tennessee Valley, including southern Tennessee as well as northern Alabama through 5am CDT Sunday. A “watch” means conditions are favorable for severe thunderstorms to occur.  A […]

  • Memorial Day Weekend Travel – Sunshine or Rain?

    Huntsville, ALA – Memorial weekend is here! School is out and it’s time to plan for some much deserved rest and relaxation. Here is a look at the forecast through the weekend. If you are travelling, the forecast looks good if you heading south toward the gulf coast. Expect a mostly sunny to partly sunny sky Saturday and Sunday for central and south Alabama including the gulf coast. High pressure to the southeast brings warm and dry air to this […]

  • More rain comes Sunday with cooler temperatures to follow

    Scattered strong to severe storms swept through the Valley Saturday, bringing heavy rain and high winds. Fortunately, we experienced a much quieter Sunday morning. Mainly dry conditions continue through Sunday morning, before another round of rain moves in Sunday afternoon. Track heavy storms with WHNT.com’s Interactive Radar or swipe over to the radar feature on Live Alert 19! Refresh this page for the latest radar image: Stormy periods Sunday: A slow moving cold front will offer enough lift for more […]

  • What to expect from storms this weekend

    Scattered strong to severe storms swept through the Valley Saturday, bringing heavy rain and high winds. Fortunately, we experienced a much quieter Sunday morning. Mainly dry conditions continue through Sunday morning, before another round of rain moves in Sunday afternoon. Track heavy storms with WHNT.com’s Interactive Radar or swipe over to the radar feature on Live Alert 19! Refresh this page for the latest radar image: Stormy periods Sunday: A slow moving cold front will offer enough lift for more […]

  • Tears of joy for Mrs. Schubert at Asbury Elementary in Albertville

    MARSHALL COUNTY, Ala. — Looking for a learning environment that’s both educational and interactive? Look no further than Mrs. Schubert’s first grade class at Asbury Elementary School in Albertville. Principal Jean Wilks described the passion Schubert brings to the school. “How enthusiastic she is about teaching and how she brings that enthusiasm out in the kids as well,” Wilks said. “She is very energetic with her students. When you walk in her room you are going to see she will […]

  • Meg Beasley gets the most from her students at Plainview High School

    DEKALB COUNTY, Ala. – When you walk into Meg Beasley’s classroom, you’d better be front and center. “She is firm, but never degrading or anything when she speaks.” says Plainview High School Principal Tony Richards. He says Miss Beasley expected the best out of her students. “She has high expectations and I appreciate that. I think the parents of those students will appreciate it too.” Miss Beasley’s lessons go way beyond academic instruction. “Everyday I try and tell them, you know, […]

  • Mrs. Hyatt looks to upgrade her classroom at Heritage Elementary in Madison

    MADISON, Ala. – Angelia Hyatt teaches first grade at Heritage Elementary School in Madison. She knows exactly how to spend her newfound fortune. “Well I have wanted to do flexible seating, and, I guess, I have some money to do that with.” says Hyatt. Mrs. Hyatt’s goal is to fashion her own classroom after fellow teacher, Heather Kell. Students here can pick and choose where to sit. It’s not your standard classroom. What keeps Mrs. Hyatt coming back? “These sweet […]

  • Round one ends, another wave of showers and storms after 10 PM

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Sunday afternoon’s storms turned deadly in Lincoln County, Tennessee; a woman was killed by a falling tree on Rambo Road. The Tornado Watch ends behind the last of the storms in Alabama and Georgia Sunday evening.  Severe storms are possible again in North Alabama and Southern Tennessee tonight as a few more locally-heavy storms could develop just ahead of the cold front. Refresh this page to update the image below:   The HRRR Futurecast guidance brings in another […]

  • An Early Look At Sunday

    The weekend is almost here and it’s a good time to check out the weekend forecast. In the short-term, the chance of showers and storms both today and Saturday aren’t “off the chart.” There will be rain the area both days, but by far the best chance of severe storms will be on Sunday afternoon into in the overnight.   Here is what we know. A very powerful storm system will be west of the Tennessee Valley Sunday morning. Moisture […]